This weekend is reserved for members of Christian Hikers who love waterfalls, appreciate wildflowers growing five feet tall, and wilderness so stunning it brings joy to your heart and a lump to your throat. It's a taste of heaven to whet our appetites. Bring plenty of memory on your sd card. And put sunscreen on your tonsils so they won't burn when your mouth is agape at the beauty. What a way to celebrate our nation, and worship our Lord in his creation! I took this hike a couple years ago with someone who said, "I'm just not that into waterfalls." I still lol, because they are everywhere, including an angular waterfall, which I had never seen before.
Thursday July 4: Drive to Silverton eight hours/eat dinner/watch fireworks off Kendall Mountain (obviously a really cool mountain). Car camp/camp at trailhead.
Friday: Backpack in strenuous four miles into Ice lake, set up camp. Camp that night at the lake.
Those who want to climb 13er mountains will do so Friday.
Saturday: Hike 13ers: TBD by hiking participants. All hikes are class three scrambles, with some class four/five. Some snow climbs. MUST be experienced to participate in the summit 13er hikes. None of them are beginner, none of them are training hikes. If you have to ask....well.... However, ANYONE who is an experienced backpacker is welcome on the approach and camp at Ice Lake! There are plenty of small hike/exploring opportunities around the lake and valley. It's an amazing opportunity. 5280 Magazine had this on it's cover as the prettiest lake in Colorado. I haven't been to all our lakes, but I can say it's the prettiest lake I've been to in my %#^@& years as a Colorado native.
Sat camp again
Sunday : Hike back out, drive eight hours home.
The cost for gas, up and back to Silverton, is $80 a person, paid to the driver in cash, at the START of the carpool. It's 800 miles, and that is .10 a mile. Or the driver can accept .30 a mile divided by the participants in the car, which with four, will come to only $60 per rider. So there is the incentive to carpool. Our drivers won't be short changed. It you don't have it, you're not riding. I hate to sound like a bully on this, but tragically, the most problems I've had are with Christians, not the secular hikers I hike with.But you have been told in advance, to give you time to have a bake sale.
Oh yes, and it's the San Juans...it WILL RAIN! All that greenery, flowers, and waterfalls are the affect from the cause.
But this will truly be a stellar trip!! Looking forward to it!